The Governor's mansion
The sitting governor lives across from the capitol at the 30-room executive mansion. The elegant red brick home with white columns was completed in 1925 to house governors and their families.
It was designed by Charleston architect Walter F. Martens, who consulted with the capitol's architect, Cass Gilbert, to make sure the home would match the capitol's style. Governor Ephraim Morgan was the first to occupy the mansion, just one week before his term ended in 1925. The garage, service wing and garden were added in 1926.
The first floor of the mansion is used for entertaining and official governor functions. It has a large ballroom and dining room, as well as a library and drawing room. The second floor of the mansion is the private residence for the governor's family. For Capitol and Governor's Mansion tour information or reservations, call 304-558-4839 or visit www.wvgov.org to see a virtual tour.